Amendment 5 passes, requiring two-thirds majority to increase taxes

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

All chambers of the Florida legislature will now have to receive at least a two-thirds majority vote to increase taxes due to the newly-passed Amendment 5.

Amendments to the Florida Constitution require 60 percent approval or greater to pass. Amendment 5 received enough "yes" votes, with 65 percent.

The amendment, which was proposed in January, will require a super-majority to pass any legislation relating to raising taxes or creating new ones. This changes current law that requires a simple majority.

Proponents of the law say that it will make it more difficulty to raise taxes along party lines. Opponents argue that it gives future lawmakers an uneven amount of power, depending on the balance of party affiliations in each chamber. The amendment was supported by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Tax Watch and opposed by the Florida Policy Institute, Progress Florida, League of Women Voters of Florida and Florida Education Association.

The amendment also requires that any proposed tax increase or creation bill contain no other subject.

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